Coast Guard Licensing and Federal Laws

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for Farmers delivered technical assistance to producers of agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been adversely affected by import competition. The TAA program delivered training to nearly 10,000 producers of Catfish, Asparagus, Maine Wild Blueberries, as well as Shrimp and Lobster fishermen.

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You can view any of the free online training courses developed for the TAA program. TAA participants also completed business adjustment plans using AgPlan (, the online business plan writing app; or AgTransitions (, an online transition planning app. Since the end of TAA the AgPlan development team has developed a fishing specific software call FishBizPlan (

Unfortunately, this program has ended because federal funding for the program was cut. If you have questions related to TAA for Farmers, please contact the Center for Farm Financial Management at

Section Image If you ask most any professional fisherman what they like most about their job, you will often hear “ I just love being on the water—I guess salt water must be in my blood.” The beauty of the marine environment and the sense of freedom are what keep a lot of shrimpers in the fishery despite the hard work, long hours, increasing fuel costs and diminishing shrimp prices. You may be considering getting out of shrimping because of a shrinking bottom line. Or, let’s face it, as we get older, the hard work of shrimping begins to take its toll on us and we can’t do some of the things we used to do as easily. Shrimpers have a lot of practical on-the-water experience that could potentially lead to employment in other maritime industries. Having a Coast Guard License opens the door to these opportunities.

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  •   Introduction
      Why get a license?
      General license requirements
      Specific requirements for Master 100 Ton